Heinz Finke

Heinz Finke
Born (1920-02-08)8 February 1920
Died 7 December 1996(1996-12-07) (aged 76)
Allegiance  Nazi Germany (to 1945)
 West Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1938–1945
Rank Major (Wehrmacht)
Oberst (Bundeswehr)
Commands held I. Panzer-Grenadier-Regiment 51

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Heinz Finke (8 February 1920 – 7 December 1996) was a highly decorated Major in the Wehrmacht during World War II and an Oberst in the Bundeswehr. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. He was also awarded the very rare Close Combat Clasp in Gold one of only 631 awards. Heinz Finke was captured by Soviet troops in March 1945 and was held until 1955. He later joined the Bundeswehr in 1956 and served until retirement in 1972.

Awards and decorations



External links

  • World War 2 Awards.com
  • Lexikon der Wehrmacht

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